Scaling up climate investments will require innovation in five key areas

 
Just ask the investors: businesses in emerging markets can no longer afford to ignore the risks posed by the changing climate to their bottom lines. Ranging from increasingly frequent and severe weather events to new regulations and changing consumer preferences, climate change is fundamentally transforming the way we do business. Increasingly, companies and their investors are seeking opportunities to transition to and invest in climate-smart portfolios.

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Changing the Environmental Trajectory to Build Sustainable Cities in Africa

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  • A fast urbanizing Africa is rapidly degrading the natural capital of its cities. Unique features of Africa’s urbanization – such as substantially lower per capita incomes, high reliance on biomass fuels, extensive informal settlement with poor service levels, and the exposure of cities to environmental disasters, such as floods – are putting pressure on African cities’ natural environment and eroding the value of environmental assets
  • As a result, there is a significant risk that Africa’s cities may become locked into a “grow dirty now, clean up later” development path that may be irreversible, costly, inefficient, and reducing citizen’s welfare
  • However, there are important opportunities to change the trajectory that African cities are on, and to move toward a more harmonious relationship between the natural and built environments through green urban development policies

 

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Newsletter June 2017: Working Together for a Common Goal

We are excited to bring you our SECOND edition of  2017 NL4WorldBank newsletter, Working Together for a Common Goal which was published June 1st. Working Together for a Common Goal

In this edition the success story highlights the work of Everest Energy, an Energy partner of the World Bank.
We are proud to bring you the details of The Smart Cities KSB and Royal Netherlands Embassy jointly organized Smart Cities study tour to the Netherlands. This event was a huge success and we look forward to organizing more like it.
Other important events that will be taking place soon are the Private Sector Webinar on “How to Complain”, The webinar will be held on Thursday June 8, 2017 and the Private Sector Liaison Officers (PSLO) joint mission focusing on the energy sector ,mark your calendar for October 23- 25, 2017.

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Three Roles Cities Play in Building a Sustainable Future

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  • The global productivity slowdown, increasing climate and disaster risks, among other factors, have brought unprecedented challenges to poverty reduction and economic growth.
  • Amid rising uncertainties, cities can provide renewed sources of growth to help improve livelihoods, drive growth, and build a sustainable future for all.
  • The World Bank is working with countries worldwide to ensure that cities and metropolitan regions excel in the three critical roles they play—matchmakers, drivers, and anchors—for people and businesses alike.

Online: Friday Highlighted! Spring Meeting Events.

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Cities are Where the Future is Being Built

Follow the event on Twitter with #Cities4Dev

Date: Friday, April 21st, 2017
Time: 9:00 am – 10:30 am ET/ 13:00 – 14:30 GMT
Location: Preston Auditorium, World Bank

Financing for Peace: Innovations to Tackle Fragility

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Date: Friday, April 21st, 2017
Time: 11:00 am – 12:15 pm ET/15:00 – 16:15 GMT
Location: Preston Auditorium, World Bank

 

Boosting Revenues, Driving Development: Why Taxes Are Critical for Growth

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Date: Friday, April 21st, 2017
Time:1:00 pm – 2:00 pm/ 17:00 – 18:00 GMT
Location: Preston Auditorium, World Bank

 

Unlocking Financing for Climate Action

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Date: Friday, April 21st, 2017
Time: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm/ 19:00 – 20:00 GMT
Location: Preston Auditorium, World Bank

How can Hong Kong stay smart and competitive? By driving change through a ‘Public-Private-People Partnership’ approach

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According to the World Economic Forum’s “Global Competitiveness Report 2016-2017,” Hong Kong dropped two notches to rank as No. 9 in its Global Competitiveness Index. The decline occurred mainly because the city faces challenges to “evolve from one of the world’s foremost financial hubs to become an innovative powerhouse.”

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eC2: Future of urban mobility in India

Deadline: 30-Nov-2016 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)Smart-Cities-All-you-need-to-know

The study would include Building the case around Smart interventions in the urban transport sector through use of electric vehicles (public buses as well as two-three wheelers). Along with Eco Cities team, Engaging with key stakeholders including urban transport agencies in the cities, manufacturers, technology providers, etc in the city with focus on Mumbai (Thane), Bangalore, Chennai etc.

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Upcoming Smart City Events

October 6-7, Nordic Edge Expo 2016, Stavanger, Norway

This event is intended for professionals engaged in technological solutions that will make cities, communities, companies and homes smarter. Meet decision makers from cities and municipalities, smart technology providers, forward thinking universities and dynamic organizations.   Find more here.

October 20-21, Internet of Things Tech Expo North America, Santa Clara, California

The Expo will bring together key industries from across America for two days of discussion on the Internet of Things and related technological advancements. Industries will include manufacturing, transport, health, logistics, government, energy and automotive.      Find more here.

October 25-27, Meeting of the Minds 2016, Richmond, California

The Meeting of the Minds annual summit brings together more than 400 policy makers, opinion shapers, thinkers and innovators to scale up practical urban solutions, shape new policies, deploy new technologies, embed new innovations into mainstream institutions and help partnerships flourish. In the 10th anniversary event, participants will be able to work directly with like-minded leaders focused on the same issue areas.

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November 14-18, Asia Smart City Conference Yokohama, Japan.

Starting from 2012, City Yokohama invites mayors from emerging Asian countries and international organizations to the Asia Smart City Conference. As part of the conference this year, the Tokyo Development Learning Center and the Smart Cities KSB will organize a Smart City Technical Deep Dive and one-day World Bank Smart City Summit. Piloting projects are under planning and the Bank will send roughly 20 project clients and 10 Bank staff to attend the conference.           Find more here.

eC2: TDLC Asia Smart City Conference – World Bank Day Event Management

Deadline: 22-Sep-2016 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC) program is a partnership of Japan and the Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience Global Practice (SURR) of the World Bank. TDLC is seeking to contract with a firm to support organization of our knowledge networking and outreach activity for the Asia Smart City Conference World Bank Day. The Consultant will support the delivery of the International Conference schedule for 11/17/2016, including planning and preparation, conference organization, and preparation of minutes. The Consultant will provide delivery of the conference service, starting from the preparation phase, during the implementation and through the follow-up phase.

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